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You Asked For It - BelaLugosi

Published 1952

This is a rare episode of "You Asked For It", a program that originated in 1950 on the Du Mont Network, moved to the ABC network in the mid 50s, where it was cancelled in 1959, only to be revived three times in subsequent decades.

The premise of the show was that viewers would choose the entertainment by writing in and requesting a program about a certain subject or featuring a certain personality, character or act. Many people cite this as the first example of reality TV because it often looked a human interest stories as well as featuring traditional forms of entertainment.

This fragmented episode features Bela Lugosi performing a magic trick.

Run time 10 mins
Audio/Visual sound, b/w
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Reviewer: movieman63 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2015
Subject: DR.ACULA.
Dr Acula was one of Edward D. Wood, Jr's Proposed projects for Lugosi that never materialized.
Reviewer: Victor Von Psychotron - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 14, 2012
Subject: Wonderfully weird
It's good to see Bela on this show, even if he is rehashing his Dracula role yet again. His work with the actress is great. I wish "The Phantom Ghoul" and "Dr. Acula" would've materialized for him.
Reviewer: Cardcaptor Jim - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 13, 2011
Subject: Dr. Acula!
Okay, whatever became of this? I want to see DR. ACULA.
Reviewer: Vic Demise - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2011
Subject: Very Fun!
I'm just a little too young to have seen these first hand, so this was very amusing!
I've always felt a little sad for Mr. Legosi- aside from his rumored addiction problems, he was typecast forever by that one trademark role. Better than no career at all(?) Ask Shatner and Adam West!
Reviewer: The Bridge - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2010
Subject: Well . . . well . . . look what I found
A show of "You Asked For It," with Host Art Baker, and sponsored by Skippy Peanut Butter, I used to watch this all the time when it was on. A very entertaining show. It was always a wonder as to what each show would deal with.
Reviewer: Billy B Kool - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2009
Subject: Re:
I believe Burton was alluding to a Red Skelton appearance and not this one.
Reviewer: TroubleBoy - - May 6, 2009
Subject: YouAskedForIt_BelaLugosi
I think Tim Burton tips his hat to this show in 'Ed Wood,' where Bela appears on a TV show in a two-minute skit spoofing his vampire movies.
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